Westray stars in Eastgate action

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Debutant Luke Westray starred when Eastgate boxers were in action in an open tournament at Ely College, organised by Haddenham Amateur Boxing Club, on Saturday.

Westray, in his first full contest, put in an excellent display against his taller opponent Nathan Smith from the host club.

Although Smith landed good jabs throughout the bout, the Eastgate 11-year-old replied with frequent accurate right hooks to the head to gain a well-deserved majority decision.

Ryan Day met old foe Jack Freeman, from Southend, and edged victory, again by a majority.

Day’s work-rate was the deciding factor in a close hard-fought contest.

He took the contest to his opponent, who produced a good all-round display of counter-punching, which created an exciting contest for the crowd.

Eastgate’s James Starie found opponent Leon Dunlop a handful this time around.

The pair, who met in May earlier in the year when Starie gained a unanimous decision, found his opponent in determined mood.

Dunlop controlled the bout, working well off the jab, while Starie tried hard to land flurries during the contest.

However, the result was never in doubt with Southend-based Dunlop securing the judges’ verdict.

n Eastgate are holding their first dinner show of the season on October 25 at Whelnetham Community Centre with an anticipated 15-bout programme.

Dinner tickets are available from Mick Bryant on 01284 850683. Spectators’ tickets on the door.